It's part of a book I'm going through, called The Artists Way. Here's a video I did that explains the book: www.facebook.com/ShaziaTLE/videos/645813322292033/
Along with social media, I'm not going to be watching TV or even reading! Trust me, I thought that reading would be the nice alternative but the point is to let your mind rest through reading deprivation.
As Julia Cameron says in the book:
"We gobble the words of others, rather than digest our own thoughts and feelings, rather than cook up something of our own."
I couldn't agree more.
Since I re-joined Facebook (after 5 years!!), I've felt its affects of information overload. Something happens in the world and it's like the world is going to end (I mean we're kind of hinging on two maniacs with nukes). If there's a scandal in the community - I hear everyone's opinion on it. Then there's the 7 tips that will make me the most successful, beautiful, and happy woman on earth and I click to find that well...it didn't change my life...and the list goes on.
It's like an emotional roller coaster of processing sad, happy, angry, hopeless, awww feelings all at once.
We need time to process feelings. To actually feel things. To absorb information. And we're not meant to process everyone else's feeling in the meanwhile. Our world has moved from our family, a few close friends and maybe some neighbors and co-workers...to feeling the entire world's feelings. Or at least several hundred of the people we're connected with.
And that's A LOT.
So this reading deprivation couldn't have come at a better time as I was feeling overly distracted by all of my social media. As much as I want to stay connected to my friends, I was personally starting to feel like I wasn't doing anything in my own life because I was so busy scrolling through other's lives.
I was feeling my anxiety rising even to do simple tasks and found I couldn't focus on one activity for more than a few minutes at a time. Now I understand the saying, 'feeling like a chicken with your head cut off.'
(I literally started feeling like I had the brain of a chicken too...and that's just sad. LOL!)
As I send you this note, I can't even go check any of my social media on my phone because...well it's deleted for now.
And I feel liberated!!!
I ate my breakfast in quiet and peace, I'm connecting with you, and I am already getting curious about fun projects I can do with my newfound 'time off.'
Here are some ideas for me:
- Hosting a Sunday brunch for my friends
- Taking a walk with my hubby
- Creating our wedding album (almost 2 years later!)
- Cooking new meals and then savoring them
- Working out
- Decorating the home (any recommendation of nice dining chairs for a farmhouse table??)
- Listening (this one seems impossible to be in the silence...with my own self. But my heart is aching to be heard again. Let's see what she's going to say...)
How about you, beautiful? What is something you would do if you had this 'time' off? Comment below and let me know!
p.s. How has social media affected you? I'm curious to hear your thoughts on it.
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